The medicare guidelines have made additional demands on technologists to get obtain their registry in all modalities in which they work. I have been a CT technologist for about 12 years, but I had to take the CT national registry and passed it in order to continue working in that modality.
1. Some technologists are only registered in ultrasound or MRI. These two fields do not utilize
ionizing radiation; therefore, you do not have to be registered in x-ray. Although if you do not get
registered in x-ray, you will not be as marketable. Because of medicare cuts, employers are cutting
back on staff.
2. I highly recommend cross-training in everything you possibly can. My job title is CT/MRI/X-ray
technologist. I do the job of three technologists, but I only get paid for one. This is the future of radiology.
3. 64 percent of technologists have either sustained a job related injury or have chronic pain. I lifted a patient in ICU 15 years ago, and I herniated a disc in my neck. I have had chronic neck and shoulder pain and two neck surgeries.
4. Do not go to a working job interview. It has been my experience that the manager will get free labor
from you then not hire you.
5. Protect yourself from radiation by wearing a lead apron when you hold patients. If the patient is
there with a family member, I will ask them to help hold. Another good idea is to alternate with
another technologist so your exposure is minimized.